Rosso Emerald Crimson

In her portraiture, London-based artist Rosso Emerald Crimson renders female subjects who emerge through a haze of pastels and muted tones. She infuses the dreamy oil paintings with responses to current affairs and questions about the future, which often serve as a catalyst for her projects. Rosso often depicts the women and girls staring forward with unsmiling expressions. Hers are psychologically charged characters that capture the viewer’s imagination and instill very subjective, intimate responses.

Technically, while Rosso approaches painting from a classical perspective, in her final rendering she twists her creations to achieve a feeling of contemporaneity. Often, the beautifully rendered portraits and figures seem to emerge from the remnants of intricate surfaces, as if embodying the cycle of rebirth from decadence. The artist compares her creative process to the Hegelian dialectic: somehow chaotic and contradictory in the making, yet geared towards the achievement of a higher sense of harmony.

Italian born, Rosso has been living in the UK since early 2000. She trained at the London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA) and now works a full time artist. 
She has won several art prizes, including the 2016 “Emerald Winter Pride Award”, organised by Pride UK plus first prize for the Holly Bush “Emerging Woman Painter Prize”. In 2019, Rosso was awarded first prize for the portrait/figurative category at the ‘Jackson Open Painting Prize’. She was selected to participate in ‘Sky Portrait Artist Of The Year’ in 2019 and again in 2021. In 2021, she was finalist in the renowned ‘Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize’, which opened doors to collaborations and exhibitions internationally.

Rosso has been featured in Colossal, International Artist Magazine, Create Mag, Evolved Mag, My Modern Met, Artists & Illustrators and The Artist’s Magazine,. Her painting ‘Climate Rebel’ (2019) was on the cover of Arena Magazine (Australia). Her work has been acquired by renowned art collectors worldwide and exhibited in prestigious art institutions including the Mall Galleries in London and MEAM (Museum Modern Art) in Barcelona.

Her painting 'Cherry Blossom' showing in Iona House Gallery's 'Vision' exhibition in November 2023 will also be featured over four issues of Artist Magazine, commencing January/February 2024.  

Rosso has also been accepted in this year's highly prestigious Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.